Ukraine’s Next Crisis? Economic Disaster

Ukraine’s Next Crisis? Economic Disaster

Yalta, Ukraine

Yalta, Ukraine

Ukraine’s next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production.

The Ukrainian military’s showdown with separatists in the industrial east has forced coal mines to severely cut production or close down…

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How the 2015 changes will affect online merchants

How the 2015 changes will affect online merchants

Hollow-core photonic bandgap fiber for online merchants

The intensity of light that propagates through glass optical fiber is fundamentally limited by the glass itself. A novel fiber design using a hollow, air-filled core removes this limitation and dramatically improves performance by forcing light to travel through channels of air, instead of the glass around it.

The 2015 VAT changes produce a number of challenges for merchants selling digital…

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5 Industries Worried About Peak Oil

5 Industries Worried About Peak Oil

Syncline ridges in the southwest part of the National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska.

Syncline ridges in the southwest part of the National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska.

The debate over the impact of peak oil has been raging for decades. Although few deny that the end of mass oil consumption is drawing nearer, educated estimates now range between 2020 and 2030. But more important than the timeframe of peak oil are its consequences. Some seek to spell the end of life as we know it, so…

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Option Queen Letter

US SPX 500 Futures (Daily) for August 3, 2014

US SPX 500 Futures (Daily) for August 3, 2014


Chairwoman Yellen would like to see the average wage earner receive a benefit from the FOMCs accommodative stance. Very nice, and we would love to see that as well, however; zero interest rates feeds not the average wage earner but rather the upper income earner, corporations and banks. Where does the average wage earner stand? On the bottom, of…

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Awake and Aware

William S. Burroughs Fan Art by DA artist Verboten.

William S. Burroughs by artist Verboten.

William S. Burroughs once said that he realized he needed to write to save his own life. Sometimes I feel the same but not for the same reasons. When I examine my feelings, on a day to day basis, to recognize a high degree of sadness, although I’m far from being a negative or depressed person, and thankfully enjoyed over a half century of joy filled…

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As Russia’s Isolation Grows, Oil Companies Caught in Middle

As Russia’s Isolation Grows, Oil Companies Caught in Middle

Обелиск в Севастополе by Andrew Butko. Contact e-mail: abutko@gmail.com.

Obelisk in Crimea. The legal status of this region is currently disputed. As Crimea and Sevastopol are claimed by both Russia and Ukraine

The confrontation between Russia and the West took a turn for the worse with the downing of a Malaysian airliner on July 17, and that could spell trouble for several major oil companies operating in Russia.

Just one day earlier, U.S. President Barack Obama slap…

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The War on Consciousness Video

Aldous Huxley quote - The War on Consciousness

Consciousness

Ever since my teens I’ve been fascinated by Atlantis, pyramids, crystals, ancient history and lost civilizations. Maybe most people are curious about these subjects but the person who’s done an exceptional job of exploring these topics is Graham Hancock. His work, 15+ books and 5 films, are rich in detail, with a keen sense of history and deep knowledge of ancient civilizations. He’s…

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Option Queen Letter

US SPX 500 Futures (Daily) July 21, 2014

US SPX 500 Futures (Daily) July 21, 2014

When money gets tight people start reinventing themselves thinking of new ways to create cash flow. Old vintage clothing is a good source of cash and a great way to clean up closets. Not all clothing is desired so it does take investigation to discover which items can be sold. Another way people are saving money is to list their homes and properties as “for…

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Wild Orchid Ideas

The Mission of the Wild Orchid Project is to generate, provide and disseminate information and environmental studies for sustainable development of Wild Orchid Conservation Programs, with revenue generating business models, from sales of digital media, empowered by Social Activism.

Resilient Community Planning

Mathematistan by Martin Kuppe

“Mathematistan” by Martin Kuppe

Resilient communities are capable of bouncing back from adverse situations. They can do this by actively influencing and preparing for economic, social and environmental change. When times are bad they can call upon the myriad of resources that make them a healthy community. A high level of social capital means that they have access to good information and…

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